Art and Design

About the department  


In the Art department here at St Cuthbert’s, pupils will discover an inclusive environment where we celebrate success, build confidence and cultivate a positive ‘can-do’ attitude.

Using a variety of ways to explore, learn and communicate, students develop their capacity for imaginative and reflective thinking, whilst focussing on ways to perceive and shape the visual world around them.


Through the study of art at St Cuthbert’s pupils can expect to:

  • Build and create a vital relationship with the arts that assists them in developing independent, critical thought.

  • Have lives rich in meaning and expression.

  • Learn to visually communicate in their own unique way, through creating works of art.

  • Learn to critically analyse, interpret, and judge visual imagery in a rapidly changing world.

  • Discover the opportunities and roles they can play in the arts, including the wide range of vocations, and as participant and/or supporter of the arts.

  • Understand that art reflects time periods, cultures and societies.


Key Stage 3

In Key stage 3 we concentrate on building confidence in the core skills of drawing, beginning with use of line, tone, texture and pattern. We study the natural world and in year 7 and learn how various artists have interpreted this topic into their work. In year 8 we shift our attention to traditional art from various cultures, times and places around the world and take inspiration from how they have translated the world around them into creative expressions.


Key Stage 4 – GCSE

Whilst responding to the topics of ‘The Natural World’, ‘The Human Body’ and ‘Traditional Cultures,’ our GCSE Art students will develop their own expressive voice through the processes of critical and reflective thinking of their own practice.

We encourage and provide opportunities for experimentation and refining skills in a variety of mediums and materials, both 2D/3D, as well as traditional and new digital media.

Each student will be encouraged to produce a meaningful and personal responses to the set topics that allow for both learning and expression equally.



The GCSE grade is weighted 60% portfolio and 40% exam topic. Each student at Key Stage 4 will be allocated a folder to enable everyone to continue study outside of lesson. Regular lunchtime sessions also take place in the Art room and pupils are encouraged with an open door policy to take the opportunity for extra guidance during this time.


Preparing you for life

Creative, independent, critical and reflective thinking are essential intellectual skills for a student’s academic life and will aid in their understanding the world in which they live. The cultivation of artistic behaviours and strategies actively promote growth in all these areas as well providing a life rich in meaning and expression.

St. Cuthbert's RC High School Shaw Road


OL16 4RX

01706 647761

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